I Love Pizza Opens in Miami Beach With Award Winning Chef

Mar 01, 2011, 10:30 ET from I Love Pizza

MIAMI, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- I Love Pizza, Miami's new and only pizzeria & coffee-bar fusion concept serving fine authentic New York style pizza and Australia's best Colombian coffee – Calima Coffee, opens its doors under the direction of award-winning Executive Chef Michael Gilligan.

I Love Pizza is all about serving delectable – all natural ingredients – New York style pizza as well as gourmet coffee and espresso drinks. In addition, I Love Pizza serves garden-fresh salads, an assortment of freshly baked pastries and desserts, and offers a great selection of domestic, imported, micro, craft and specialty Beers and artisan Wines.

The locale has a refined contemporary interior while keeping a laidback atmosphere designed to reflect the unique personality of Miami Beach. An Old Chicago brick wall reminiscent of a New York pizzeria complements the red-hued Italian-glass mosaic columns that accentuate the polished khaki concrete floors. Red Tolix chairs, custom-made maple countertops and avant-garde white-lacquer accents matched with the simplicity of the retro-style appliances make it an inviting space to relax while enjoying Miami's best pizza and coffee. The alluring outdoor Plaza, complete with a contemporary and soothing slate water fountain and lush landscaping is adorned with Frederic Sofia's for Fermob Luxembourg chairs and tables, all shaded with adorable white umbrellas.

Native to Birmingham, England, Executive Chef Michael Gilligan - who also oversees all culinary operations at the sleek W South Beach hotel in Miami - began his career at several restaurants throughout England and France building a strong culinary foundation that prepared him to astound many across the Atlantic. His American triumphs began in New York City in 1993 and today he brings a remarkable 25 years of experience with him to I Love Pizza in Miami.

I Love Pizza is located at 7105 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. They are open Monday through Sunday from 11:00am to 11:00pm. The phone number is 786-439-3969. The website is www.ilovepizzanow.com. Free Delivery is available during business hours.

About Our Pizza:

Our pizza is handcrafted and made fresh daily on premises.

I Love Pizza uses organic flour to create its thin crust – toasted to perfection - dough and tops it with a delectable tomato sauce prepared daily with locally grown heirloom tomatoes from Homestead, FL.

The great variety of toppings will certainly satisfy meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Some of the signature pies include: the Brooklyn (tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, basil & pepperoni), the Uptown (tomato sauce, bel paese cheese, truffle carpaccio & truffle oil), the Five Points (mozzarella, fontina, parmesan, ricotta & bel paese cheese) or the create your own pizza by choosing from its extensive selection of toppings. And for the chocolate lover... the luscious Nutella Pizza (hazelnut and chocolate).

About Our Coffee:

I Love Pizza is delighted to introduce Calima Coffee to the US market for those who share a love of premium-quality coffee.

Already established and recognized in Australia as the richest coffee in the world® – Calima is Australia's finest coffee made exclusively from 100% Colombian grown beans.

With its great selection of coffee and espresso drinks – made to order by skilled baristas – you will surely experience the pleasure of sipping the best espresso, cappuccino, or your favorite café con leche at the coolest coffee-bar in Miami. Enjoy!

SOURCE I Love Pizza